One Photo: Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake is one of the many highlights of a trip across the North Cascades Highway. Diablo Dam holds back the water of the Skagit River in its effort to create much needed electricity for the Pacific Northwest.

This photo is taken from the Diablo Lake Overlook. The turquoise water is stunning and there are scenic views in multiple directions.

One Photo: A Fruit Tree Wood Pile

A Fruit Tree Wood pile in Swakane Canyon

A short side trip up a gravel road just north of Rocky Reach Dam took us into Swakane Canyon. There was some beautiful scenery in this small canyon. If we’d followed the road and made the right turns we would’ve come out near Cashmere between Wenatchee and Leavenworth.

On our way back out of the canyon, this long pile of cut fruit tree wood caught my eye. Seeing the wood left after orchard trees are taken out isn’t unusual in this area. The way this wood sat there, lined up along a dirt road in a small and little traveled area, just begged for it to be photographed.

One Photo: The Cowlitz River Near Packwood

Cowlitz River Near Packwood

Driving down Highway 12 on the west side of White Pass brought a special treat, the turquoise water of the Cowlitz River. There were so many spots to pull off and get a photo, but this one is right near the green metal bridge between Packwood and Randle.

This water flows right from the slopes of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. It’s cold and refreshing. And it’s also beautiful. Extremely beautiful.

One Photo:  A Secluded Pond Near Stevens Pass

Smithbrook - Pond
Stevens Pass is one of the main East-West routes across the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.  Lake Wenatchee is a popular destination near there and the route usually taken is to travel about 20 miles east of the summit of the pass on Highway 2, and then turning towards Lake Wenatchee State Park at Coles Corner.

Another route though during the warmer months is called Smithbrook and is a gravel ed forest service road.  It’s a shorter route, but because of the road being more winding and a slower speed, it takes about the same amount of time.

Very near where you crest the mountain range separating Stevens Pass from the area that drains into Lake Wenatchee is this scenic little pond.  This photo is taken right from the road.  The pond is strewn with lily pads and is calm and serene, half surrounded by tall evergreens.

Going to have to take that off the beaten path shortcut again some day.

One Photo:  A Crowded Crescent Bar Beach

A summer day saw us drop down off of Highway 28 in Eastern Washington into the vacation getaway of Crescent Bar.  This particular Saturday saw this little vacation spot absolutely packed.  The beach here is at the edge of the Columbia River and the inlet of water that allows boats to access the marina.

The scene looks like a multitude of memories being made as people from all walks of life cool themselves in the water or warm themselves in the sun.

One Photo:  The Pybus Public Market Sign In Wenatchee

At NWRoadtrips, we love signs.  This includes modern signs, neon signs, vintage signs, traffic signs, historical signs, and ghost signs.  The “Public Market” sign at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee is one of the great signs in Washington State.

Looking up into Wenatchee towards the hillsides beyond is a great way to view the sign.  It dominates the local scenery when you stand in the parking lot of this very fun attraction.  A nice bonus is that you can check out the sign, get a snack or a drink, and take a walk along the Columbia River all from this one spot.